July 1, 2020 Rate Increase: Important News for International Shippers Using Consolidators

June 19th, 2020 Comments off

For large international shippers getting discounted USPS shipping through a consolidator, you may see a significant rate increase starting July 1, 2020 due to the USPS International price change.  (Customers who use Stamps.com for single package international shipping labels will not see a rate increase on July 1 – most Stamps.com customers fall into this category.)

The rate increase is due to the U.S. agreement with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) that was signed in September 2019. The United States had threatened to leave the UPU if they could not self-declare terminal dues (i.e. shipping rates) for countries that had inbound letter and small parcel volumes in excess of 75,000 metric tons.  The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is the governing body that helps postal services around the globe facilitate the delivery of mail and packages amongst each other.

Terminal dues are the fees that a national postal service is charged to have packages delivered in another country. Under the new UPU agreement, the USPS has increased its terminal dues to about 70% of the U.S. domestic rate, which experts believe will result in significantly increased postage rates from other countries, especially China where manufacturers were able to deliver a package from China to the U.S. cheaper than a domestic U.S. delivery.

According to Supply Chain Dive magazine, 31 countries will be reciprocating the U.S.’s self-declared rates for outbound shipments on parcels weighing 4.4 lbs. or less. The U.S. is negotiating new agreements with many additional countries, so other country shipping rates may change soon after July 1, 2020.

Stamps.com customers who are using international delivery through a consolidator will be contacted by a GlobalPost sales rep to discuss additional shipping options, including GlobalPost Economy (country to country tracking) and GlobalPost Standard (door-to-door tracking) where we offer the same shipping experience at rates that are protected from the USPS international rate increase starting on July 1, 2020.

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Global Address Verification: Improve deliverability with real-time address verification
No Customs Forms: Send Customs electronically – no forms to print
Ship Merchandise in Flats: Save money with international flats/large envelopes
Instant Refunds: No more tracking refund requests that can take up to 2 weeks
Free Pick-Up Service: Schedule pick-ups when it’s convenient for you (select markets only)
Parcel Coverage: $100 Included

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Mail Service Restored to 15 Military Mail ZIPs

May 21st, 2020 Comments off

Effective today, May 21, 2020, the USPS has restored mail service to 15 Military Mail ZIPs. These ZIPs were previously suspended on April 9 due to lack of transportation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Including the suspensions lifted today, the USPS has now restored service to a total of 23 Military Mail ZIPs in the past two weeks. For a full list of USPS service alterations due to coronavirus visit the Stamps.com Cornavirus Updates Page.

Mail service to the following ZIPs has been restored:

AE DPO 09175-9997
AE DPO 09614-9997
AE DPO 09836-9997
AA DPO 34011-9997
AA DPO 34020-9997
AA DPO 34024-9997
AA DPO 34030-9997
AA DPO 34031-9997
AA DPO 34032-9997
AA DPO 34033-9997
AA DPO 34034-9997
AA DPO 34035-9997
AA DPO 34036-9997
AA DPO 34039-9997
AA DPO 34068-9997

Additionally, the USPS has received notifications from the postal services of Honduras and Nepal detailing service suspensions.

Empresa de Correos de Honduras has extended the suspension of postal services until May 28, 2020.

Nepal Post has extended the suspension of all postal services until June 2, 2020.

USPS Restores Mail Service to Four International Destinations

May 15th, 2020 Comments off

Effective today, March 15, the USPS will resume service to four international destinations: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Moldova, and Montenegro. Service to these destinations was initially suspended on April 24, 2020 due to lack of transportation as a result of coronavirus.

Additionally, the USPS will suspend international service to The British Virgin Islands effective immediately. With these updates, the list of USPS suspended international destinations now stands at 108:

AngolaGhanaPapua New Guinea
AzerbaijanGuinea BissauPeru
BahrainGuyanaRepublic of Congo
BotswanaIvory CoastSierra Leone
BruneiJordanSint Maarten
Burkina FasoKenyaSolomon Islands
BurundiKiribatiSouth Africa
CambodiaKosovoSouth Sudan
CameroonKyrgyzstanSri Lanka
Cape VerdeLaosSudan
Cayman IslandsLebanonSuriname
ChadLesothoSwaziland (Eswatini)
Cook IslandsMadagascarTimor-Leste
Costa RicaMalawiTonga
CuracaoMauritaniaTurks & Caicos
Democratic Republic of the CongoMauritiusUganda
Dominican RepublicMozambiqueUzbekistan
Faroe IslandNepalYemen
French PolynesiaPakistanZimbabwe

Military Mail to Select ZIPs Suspended

March 25th, 2020 Comments off

Today, March 25, 2020, the Department of Defense has temporarily suspended military mail to select ZIP codes through April 15. Due to a lack of transportation, military mail service will not be available to the following ZIPs:

AE FPO 09204
AE FPO 09216
AE APO 09706

Additionally, the USPS has received communications from international postal services regarding new service interruptions. For a full list of all international service disruptions visit the Stamps.com Coronvirus Updates Page.

Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands Postal Service has suspended all postal operations from March 25, 2020 to April 6, 2020.

Société Tchadienne des Postes et de l’Epargne (STPE) has suspended all inbound and outbound international mail services.

Paositra Malagasy has temporarily suspended the delivery of all mail.

Samoa Post will be closed from Thursday, March 26, 2020 until further notice; no inbound or outbound mail will be processed during this period.

South Africa
South African Post Office Ltd. has suspended all inbound and outbound mail services. Normal services are set to resume on April 17, 2020.

Pos Indonesia has announced that guaranteed delivery standards and addressee signature on delivery of inbound items have been suspended.

United Arab Emirates Emirates
United Arab Emirates Emirates Post has advised that service delivery standards cannot currently be guaranteed. Customers should expect delays for the time being.

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USPS Suspends Priority Mail Express International Service Guarantee to Several Countries

March 24th, 2020 Comments off

The USPS has suspended the Priority Mail Express International Service guarantee for letters and packages sent several European countries. Due to widespread disruptions of air cargo and trucking delivery in Europe delivery cannot be guaranteed to France, Great Britain, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The suspension of the Priority Mail Express International Service guarantees announced Feb. 10, 2020 to China and Hong Kong is still in effect at this time.

Additionally, international postal services across the world have announced new service interruptions. For a full list of all international service disruptions visit the Stamps.com Coronvirus Updates Page.

CorreosChile is currently unable to accept or dispatch outbound international letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items.

Empresa de Correos de Honduras (Honducor) has suspended all postal services until at least March 29, 2020, or until a date that will be communicated at a later time.

Montenegro Post has suspended all inbound and outbound postal services until further notice.

Belpochta (RUE Belpochta) has advised that it is currently unable to send outbound mail and parcels to a number of countries. Where possible, international and domestic service will continue.

Bhutan Post has advised that severe delays are to be expected until normal transport capacity becomes available.

Israel Postal Company has suspended signature on delivery for inbound mail items. For items that would typically require signature, the item will be left at the door, after being scanned and photographed to ensure that delivery has been made. Additionally, Israel Postal Company cannot guarantee its delivery standards at this time.

Post Luxembourg has announced that mail items will be delivered via methods that restrict direct contact. For main items that require signature on delivery, the addressee’s signature will be replaced by the mail carrier’s signature and a delivery code in the signature field. Additionally, delivery standards cannot be guaranteed at this time.

Pos Malaysia has suspended all signature on delivery services. Additionally, severe delays are expected for outbound countries where transportation is limited.

Mongol Post is temporarily closing its international mail center until April 1, 2020—this closure may be extended. All inbound and outbound international mail has been suspended.

Papua New Guinea
Post PNG is currently limiting the processing of all inbound and outbound mail. Severe service delays should be expected.

Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia Postal Service has advised that the processing of inbound and outbound mail will be delayed until further notice.

La Poste du Sénégal is currently unable to guarantee compliance with delivery standards.

Slovenska Pošta, a. s., has announced disruptions to several services. Packages that would typically require the recipient’s signature can now be deposited in parcel terminals. International service will continue where possible, however, Slovenska Pošta is unable to deliver to an increasing number of destinations throughout the world.

Correos y Telégrafos has suspended all inbound international mail services. Additionally, Correos y Telégrafos is unable to send outbound international mail to an increasing number of international destinations.

Swiss Post Ltd has suspended mail to any countries outside the European Union, with the exception of Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Additionally, signature on delivery requirements have been suspended at this time.

Ukrposhta has announced that delays should be expected for inbound and outbound mail services. Additionally, signature on delivery requirements have temporarily been suspended.

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